Flynn's departure leaves questions about Trump ties to Russia — Inquirer Editorial
Feb 16 2017 by Joshua Bennett
The entire campaign and presidency up to this point have had to answer questions about both, so it seems a little disingenuous that national security adviser Michael Flynn would resign from his post for lying about Russian Federation.
The Times itself acknowledged that USA intelligence officers had so far found no evidence of cooperation between Russian Federation and Trump. "The president did nothing about it, but then he's very busy attacking Nordstrom, Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings and then firing Sally Yates", he said.
In the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, numerous most important leaks came from "Deep Throat", a source who turned out to be Mark Felt, an associate director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now".
The decision was made at a Wednesday morning Democratic conference meeting hastily called by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.).
Imagine that President Donald Trump is awoken by his national security adviser because of a threat to America. But the president did not receive a question about Flynn's future from a pair of reporters, and he ignored journalists' shouted follow-up inquiries as he left the room.
A statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer, read to reporters crowded around his office, suggested that the review into Flynn's activities stretched beyond the conversations he had with Russian officials before Trump took office on January 20. "The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top", James Reston of the New York Timeswrote in 1946.
"Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the President", Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC. Naturally, he took to Twitter: "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy". "Russians love sowing doubt in the American population ... and obviously, the initial instinct is to be happy when things go wrong", says Antonova, "but at the same time, if I was Putin, if I was sitting there in the Kremlin, I would be anxious about a chaotic White House with its finger on the nuclear launch codes and everything else in a worst-case scenario". Who is listening to it? "I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not", Christie said on CNN.
Trump has told associates he is troubled by the situation, but he has not said whether he plans to ask Flynn to step down, according to a person who spoke with him recently. However, a senior intelligence official told NBC News last week that there had been no finding that Flynn acted illegally.
It appears that President Donald Trump's advisers have been in contact with Russian officials since his presidential campaign. National security adviser Michael T. Flynn tendered his resignation on Monday night, acknowledging that he misrepresented the truth when explaining his phone conversations with the Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. "Who knew about this and when?" "Did others at Trump transition team authorize conversations about sanctions?" Flynn urged Russian Federation not to overreact to the sanctions, indicating the measures could be revisited after Trump was sworn in. But on Wednesday, he both bashed Russian Federation over Crimea, and seemed to blame President Obama for its takeover.
Flynn's ouster creates a possible opportunity to fix one of the glaring flaws of Flynn's NSC, according to several USA officials.
"Far too many questions remain unanswered about this administration's ties to Russia", Engel said in a statement, calling for broader and more comprehensive probe of the president's Russian connections than Republicans have yet agreed to.
"He's a leader of his country".
"The key here, and I want to repeat it, is the misleading of the vice president and others", Conway said. "Will I get along with him?"
O'Reilly responded, "He's a killer, though. Some are Petraeus people, some are [Defense Secretary Jim] Mattis people, and have their own appeal to Trump and Bannon in their own right", the person said. Flynn had claimed that he had no substantial communication with Kislyak, which Pence later repeated to various news outlets.
"I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russian Federation, and the haters are going insane", Trump tweeted on February 7.
Trump's ultimate vision for dismantling what he calls "Iran's global terror network" remains in place, the NSC adviser said.